I have an external hard drive that I am having trouble with in Catalina.

The drive mounts properly but Spotlight will not search it.

The drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and is set up to potentially be a boot drive.

But. I just want to mount the drive and search it. Spotlight will not search it.

Is there an issue with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format at Catalina? Or something I am not thinking about?

It is kind of driving me crazy. Thanks!

1 Answer 1


For the record, the problem seems to have been with the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. I spoke to two Apple Geniuses (head supervisors). No one could explain why this was happening. But I decided to wipe the drive, reformat the disk, and put everything back on it.

  • Any update on this? Have you managed to get it working ?
    – erratic
    Jan 8, 2021 at 18:56

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .